I once heard a pastor say,
“The burdens of our sins fall upon our children and our children’s children.”
Now I’m not a pastor, but from growing up in the church and applying the Word of God to my experiences in life, I’ve gained a little wisdom and insight on this subject. We’ve all heard people say that ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,’ ‘it runs in the family,’ and ‘chip off the old block.’
These are not just random quotes. If you pay attention to families spanning three generations or more, the members of the current generations are living the exact lives of their family members three or more generations prior. In other words, the majority of us are on the same level financially, educationally, and mentally as our great-great grandparents in their households.
With that said, our families are going to serve us in two ways:
THROUGH THEIR STRENGTHS OR THEIR WEAKNESSES!
For children, their households will either strengthen or weaken them for adulthood. And who are supposed to be head of the households? THAT’S RIGHT… FATHERS!
We’ve also heard people say, “Like Father, Like Son.” We all know the importance of having the father in the household; however society tends to underestimate the generational effects fathers have on families. Regardless if the father is present or absent, it is what’s being taught in the household that serves the strength of generational blessings, or the weakness of generational curses.
It has sadly become common knowledge the effects an absent father can have on a family for generations; financial struggles from a single mother’s income, lack of harmony and discipline within the household, and children growing up not respecting the importance of family, repeating the cycle of single parenting generation after generation.
Nevertheless, the most damaging generational curse caused by absentee fathers is that we have young men producing kids who are never taught how to be fathers! The other great quote ‘It takes a man to raise a man,’ falls in the same aspect of ‘It takes a father to teach fatherhood!’ So it goes without saying that it’s in the best interest of the family that the father is present.
Being present as a father, however, doesn’t ensure generational blessings, and just because the father is in the household doesn’t mean the right lessons are being taught. Remember… the burdens of our sins fall upon our children and children’s children!
So listen up Fathers! With each generation, families should improve financially, educationally, and mentally. As fathers, this cannot happen if our children grow up learning how a lazy, abusive father behaves. As fathers, if we’re not an example of what’s right, we’re not serving our children with strengths… we are preparing our families for generational curses.
THE FAMILY WE ARE GOING TO CREATE…
IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE FAMILY WE COME FROM!